me if you dare, into the silent cities of the dead. The
above ground cemeteries of New Orleans have many secrets to unveil.
I should know, Ive been buried here for two hundred years. If
you can overcome your fears of the unknown, you will experience the
ornate architecture of these beautiful tombs and why New Orleans burial
practices are so unique. Your quest will take you to the dead center
of town where you will be able to learn about a famous deceased Louisianian
of your choice and create an epitaph (tomb inscription) for them in
your own words.
The goal of your quest will be to investigate tombs from Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans & discover why they are unique from other methods of burial around the country. Pay attention to the many different symbols on the tombs, the architectural styles & notice that all the tombs are above the ground! You will then be responsible for choosing one of our famous dead residents and, using Microsoft Power Point, create a trade card including an epitaph and a photograph of the tomb.
Let's get started:
1. First, let's visit a few of New Orleans' famous cemeteries. Click on the link below to take a virtual tour and come back when you are done:
2. Now, click on the link below to print out a copy of a worksheet:
3. Using the links below, record your answers on the worksheet. Don't forget to answer the questions in complete sentences and check your spelling!
4. Now that you have some knowledge of our beautiful cemeteries, choose an individual from the list below. You will then write an epitaph for the person and create a cemetery trading card for the person using Microsoft PowerPoint.
Beauregard (Civil War General)
5. Once you have selected your famous Louisianian, visit their tomb by going to www.findagrave.com. At the website, click on "search by name" and type in the name of the person you chose. You can even send the person virtual flowers!
6. Now, you will begin to create the cemetery trading card in Microsoft PowerPoint. Here is an example:
a copy of your person's grave by right-clicking on the picture below
7. To learn more about your person, click on the link below for a biography. Don't forget to take notes!
8. Open Microsoft Power Point, choose Blank Presentation, then click OK.
9. In Auto Layout choose blank card, then click OK.
10. To make a border around your page click on the rectangle tool on your drawing tool bar. Click/hold/then drag from the top left corner, to the bottom right corner or until the border is the size you desire. If the rectangle is filled, double-click inside the rectangle, then choose the colors and lines tab and choose No fill as the color. To change the thickness of the line choose style, then click OK. Click on the page to set the box.
11. To draw a line down the center of the card that is perfectly straight hold the shift key as you click/hold/then drag from the top middle of the trade card to the bottom middle. (this will be your fold line)
12. To draw a frame for the picture to be inserted on the front, which is the left side of the card. Double-click in the rectangle and choose colors and lines, then select No fill. You may also on the same screen choose style to change the thickness of your line, then click OK. Click on the page to set the box.
13. To insert your picture into the frame. Go to Insert/Picture/From File if you have saved your picture or just copy and paste your picture from the web quest, then size the picture in the frame. To copy and paste you right click on the picture and select copy then go to the location where you want the picture and again right click and select paste.
14. On the right hand side of your trade card draw a text box. Choose a font, size, and center alignment. Type the name of the person, birth date, and date of death. Click off to set.
15. Add a text box beneath the name and dates. In this text box type the epitaph that you have created for your individual.
16. Save your trade card and print one copy!
The following images are from Lafayette Cemetery Number One in the Garden District: